Portales man found dead

Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Patrolman Chris Williams guards the north side of the North Avenue O crime scene Monday morning. The body of a 25-year-old man was found at 8 p.m. Sunday. The cause of death is currently unknown.

Freedom New Mexico

Portales police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man found at 710 N. Ave. 0 Sunday night.

Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said officials have not determined a cause of death, but believe it is suspicious. He would not release a name because the next of kin had not been notified, he said.

About 7:30 p.m. Sunday, sheriff’s deputies from Cochran County, Texas, notified Portales police of a burned, abandoned vehicle they had found, according to a Portales police news release. The vehicle belonged to the Portales man.

According to the release, Portales officers went to address provided for the man, but couldn’t contact anyone there.

About 9 p.m. Sunday, officers were sent to the same address because a family member reported the man had sustained injuries and was unresponsive, according to the release. Police and emergency medical personnel found the man dead.

Police have investigated the residence in search of a cause of the injuries, and the body will be sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator, according to the release. Police are interviewing witnesses.